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Sweet & Juicy Benefits: Fruit-For-Health

Sweet & Juicy Benefits: Fruit-For-Health | Raw-Riffic Food | Scoop.it

Most fruits are packed with many vitamins and fiber necessary for a balanced diet. Instead of spending money on vitamin pills, a yummy way of getting your required amount of vitamins is to eat them straight from the food source!  Living on a clean, raw diet that includes fruit can have it’s perks that include weight loss, increased energy, and better health overall!

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Sarah Low's curator insight, July 21, 2014 2:00 AM

Some facts about fruits. This is really useful! 

Gene Finch's curator insight, July 28, 2014 4:14 PM

Why is it Important to Eat Fruit?
Eating fruit provides many health benefits. People who eat more fruits and vegetables are likely to have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Health BenefitsFruit basket
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.
Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are underconsumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).
Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Fruit sources of potassium include bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.
Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber; fruit juices contain little or no fiber.
Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.

An apple a day,
could keep the Doctor away due to the many benefits, it has on prevention of degenerative diseases such as Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, Diabetes and Asthma. The benefits are a result of ingenious chemicals, called Phytochemicals, of which the apple is particularly rich in Flavonoids and more specifically Quercetin, which is a lot richer in the apple peel. So to get the greatest benefit of all – eat the fruit in its natural form, as a snack when hunger strikes or you could upset the apple cart. #FruitBasketsNY.com, delivers in NY daily.

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